Vikings, Wild Players Practice Philanthropy

Several Vikings players-including Adrian Peterson, Jim Kleinsasser, and Chad Greenway-are set to take part in "Celebrity Waiter Night" at Manny's. In a separate instance of Minnesota's sports professionals giving back to the community, Wild captain Mikko Koivu has sponsored two private patient rooms at Children's Hospital.


WildPlayerChildrens />Wild captain Mikko Koivu in a private patient room />           he sponsored at Children's Hospital.

Two recently announced initiatives have Minnesota's professional athletes giving back to their communities.

On October 24 from 7 to 10 p.m., several players from the Minnesota Vikings will be waiting tables at Manny's steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis during “Celebrity Waiter Night.”

Proceeds will benefit Chad Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation, an Eden Prairie-based nonprofit that aims “to enrich the lives of individuals and families in need.” The group initially announced plans for the event last month, although it didn't reveal which Vikings players would be involved.

In addition to Greenway, the following Vikings players will trade in their purple and gold for an apron: Adrian Peterson, Jim Kleinsasser, Christian Ponder, Chris Kluwe, Patrick Brown, Cullen Loeffler, John Sullivan, Kevin Williams, and Kyle Rudolph.

The event will feature passed hors d'oeuvres like jumbo shrimp appetizers, Caesar salads, and a multi-course dinner including dry aged center cut porterhouse steaks or pan-roasted chicken oreganata-all presented by Manny's Executive Chef Josh Hill.

In an unrelated initiative, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu recently donated funds to Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, that will be used to sponsor two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center at the hospital's St. Paul campus. The rooms will be decorated with Wild and Koivu memorabilia, photos, posters, and collectibles. (See photo above.)

Koivu spoke to the press on Friday about the recent donation-view a video of his comments here.